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assess what the u.s. and the world are doing now, and what comes next. >> ifill: plus, we examine what the unrest in the middle east is doing to gas prices here at home. >> woodruff: then, we have the first of two reports from guatemala. tonight, ray suarez looks at programs aimed at combating a long history of domestic violence. >> suarez: as part of a nationwide effort to improve women's health these workshops are pushing back against a rape culture trying to lower the epidemic levels of violence against women and girls. >> ifill: and jeffrey brown talks to scott shane of the new york times about the obama administration's decision to resume military trials at the guantanamo bay prison. that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> breathe in. breathe out. as volatile as markets have been lately, having the security of a strong financial partner certainly lets you breathe easier. for more than 140 years, pacific life has helped millions of americans build a secure financial future. wouldn't it be nice to take a deep breath and rel
edition of "special report." i'm bret baier. we have been traveling for the past two days with the u.s. military. trying to get a grasp of a progress report on the ground here. the successes, the frustrations, the planning for the way ahead. the uncertainty that lies along the way in this village, we are 30-miles from the afghan-pakistan border. still, ten years after the start of the war and it's still a hot bed along the border of taliban activity. this place has seen dramatic security change. development has come. not the case across the board in afghanistan but there have been successes in a moment, we'll show you that. you will hear the interview with general david petraeus before he heads back to washington to give a progress report to congress. jennifer griffin is traveling with robert gates as he travels here in afghanistan as well. all of that in a moment. but first, check in with shannon bream in the washington bureau for the top headlines of the day. >> thank you, bret. >> shannon: president obama ended a two-year ban on guantanamo bay and it will come two days ahead of cong
morning, joel. yeah, washington is watching higher oil prices, and considering u.s. dependence on foreign oil, it's now looking at a much closer alternative. the white house is considering tapping the nation's oil reserves to try to put a cap on runaway oil prices. >> all matters have to be on the table when you go through -- when you see the difficulty coming out of the economic crisis we're in, and the fragility of it. >> reporter: the strategic petroleum reserves, the u.s. government's emergency oil supply, holds 727 million barrels right now. that's enough to provide the nation the oil it needs for a couple of months. after hurricane katrina, the government released 30 million barrels. oil prices dropped nearly 4%. during the first gulf war, 34 million barrels were released and prices dropped a third in one day. but the price of gasoline up 33 cents a gallon in the past two weeks, drivers will take any break they can get. >> i used to make it three, four days with $75 of gas. now every two days i've got to put $75 in this car. so, you know, it's ridiculous. >> as a student it's kind o
. >> reporter: worry about the stability of countries in the middle east, now worry about u.s. economic recovery is urging the obama administration toward tapping the strategic reserve. >> it is one we are considering, it has been done in very rare occasions there is a bunch of factors that have to be looked at and it is just not the price. >> reporter: america's strategic petroleum research every holds 777 million-barrels of oil. selling oil from the reserve at $100 a barrel could ease the federal deficit but new york times report online says obama administration is concerned about taking oil from the reserve when there is excess oil production capacity around the world. when the reserve was tapped in 2005 after hurricane katrina. oil prices dropped 9% now? >> i think it is time and we need to look at other sources of energy. >> reporter: now is not the time some say. >> not the strategic reserve i am buying an electric car tomorrow and it will give me the patriotic pleasure of not sending money overseas to someone trying to blow us up. >>> tapping the reserve would free up supply but only have
, not only in the u.s. but throughout asia, africa, and south america that are all contributing to higher crude oil prices and consequently higher gasoline prices at the pump. >> reporter: those higher gas prices came as many were starting to feel better about the economy, but now any extra cash may be going right into the the tank. >> i think it's crazy. >> reporter: jason king spends $40 more a month on gas. >> pretty soon i'm going to have to start thinking about riding a bike or other means of transportation, definitely. >> reporter: in fact, those skyrocketing prices have some giving up the road for the rails. metro use in los angeles, up 10%. and across the country commuters are using the latest technology, smartphone apps and social media, to find the cheapest gas, anything to save a buck. >> everybody i know is trying to carpool and fill up the car as much as possible. >> reporter: gas prices hit a high in february, but in the weeks ahead spring is when prices typically rise the most. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. >> and as we mentioned at the top of the newscast, the ob
exactly that works. that country only produces about 3% of u.s. crude, but it does produce a grade of oil easily refined around the world in many places. when it's not available, the demand of that goings up, increasing the price of that. that is why we're paying more. more bad news? the price of oil is going back up this morning. now, i have some good news. i don't want to make it all bad. the good news is that the price in san francisco now is $3.94. that's the average. it was worse back in june of '08. we were paying $4.62. that has to pass as good news this morning. terry mcsweeney, abc 7 news. >> that's the best you got, terry? >> that's all i got. (laughter) >> thanks, buddy. bundle up. quan is proposing two new taxes to help the $46 million budget gap. the first is an $80 parcel tax over a five-year period. it needs approval and a $1.99 phone tax that requires only a simple majority. but the voters rejected a similar idea in 2008. governor jerry brown will hold a special election in june on tax issues. plans to put it to that initiative before it goes through. >> a garbage rate hik
. using air strikes to attack rebels near tripoli. the debate is heating up. should the u.s. impose a no fly zone over libya. president obama had another stern warning for top leaders today. >> president obama also announced another $15 million in humanitarian aid to help the growing refugee crisis. it is the question of u.s. military action that has some in capitol hill right now saying the u.s. has to act sooner rather than later. what started as a protest is looking more and more like civil war. as opposition forces tried to move towards the capitol, the ruler is striking back. as jets fire on his own people, hospitals are being flooded with casualties. thousands of refugees represent a humanitarian crisis. >> i want to send a clear message to those around him. >> reporter: president obama warned libyan officials they will be held responsible for the crackdown. u.s. military action is still being discussed. >> we've got nato as we speak consulting around a wide range of potential options including potential military options. >> reporter: nato's secretary general said they just fi
is in afghanistan making a surprise visit overnight. for the next two days he'll visit with u.s. troops in the south and east where the taliban insurgency is strongest. he'll also meet with the president of afghanistan. this is gates' 13th trip to the country. he was last there in december. u.s. troops are set to begin withdrawal in july. >>> the crisis in libya is intensifying with battles over territory. opposition forces are trying to take control over cities surrounding the capital of tripoli. forces loyal to long-time leader moammar gadhafi are fighting back with heavy rounds of artillery, air strikes and gunfire. meanwhile, tens of thousands of people are escaping the violence and setting up a refugee camp across the border in tunisia. >>> violence in the middle east is costing up the price of oil production. this morning the u.s. is considering tapping into emergency oil reserves in response to oil gas prices. the u.s. has 727 million barrels of oil stored underground along the gulf coast. oil prices rising above $106 a barrel today in asia. >>> while you slept gas prices spiked again in the
>> couric: tonight president obama warns the u.s. and nato are considering a military response to the crisis in libya as qaddafi's forces step up attacks on rebel-held oil towns. i'm katie couric. the violence is driving up the price you pay at the pump. but where's the money going? maybe not where you think, and should the u.s. tap the strategic reserves to bring prices down? they're here, the new 3-d mammograms. but should women be rushing to get one? and she's worn his m.i.a. bracelet for nearly 40 years waiting for the day she could remove it. that day has come. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. libyan government forces were back on the offensive today trying to retake more territory still held by the rebels. some of the heaviest fighting was in towns near tripoli and the u.n. says more than a million libyans now need humanitarian aid. president obama warned moammar qaddafi and his supporters they will be held accountable for the violence and the u.s.
on rebels this hour. new targets, more carnage and the intense pressure for u.s. military action. >>> also, the crisis that libya keeps pushing up gas prices across the country. that's creating more economic misery here at home, and new political danger for president obama. plus, protesters warn the u.s. congress may, may be on the brink of stoking new violence against muslims. anger and anticipation are building before controversial hearings this week on islamic extremism in america. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." libya centering the fourth week of what's now a full-fledged civil war. moammar gadhafi's forces are claiming new gains in their pounding of rebel-held cities. gadhafi maintaining a tight grip on the capital of tripoli, and the opposition appears to be holding out to benghazi in the east, but there are conflicting reports about who is in control of several other key cities, where fierce, fierce battles have been raging now for days. diplomatic sources at the united nations say the united states is working with france and britain on draft resolution on libya, a
likely is it will you jump out of your parent's income group? the u.s. did surprisingly poorly coming in behind denmark, norway, sweden, germany, france, canada. two other such studies confirmed this reality. now, i know what my perception is about america. anyone can make it here, and there are lots of high-profile examples of that. but those are anecdotes. the facts say that for the average joe in recent years social mobility has slowed and other countries have moved ahead. similarly among rich countries over the last 25 years our growth rate per person has not been the strongest. now there are clearly places where we are still number one and the number of guns we own far exceeds any other country. we account for 50% of the world's annual production of weapons. we are number one in terms of our total debt to other countries, but there are really many positive places where we are still number one. that's what i began by listing. but my point is the picture today is a lot more mixed than boastful rhetoric about america is number one suggests. the question i have really is what would i
him about long-term deployment. secretary gates says both the u.s. and afghan government wants the u.s. involved after the planned 2014 combat operations. he says the u.s. is in talks with the afghan government about what the presence would like like. he also offered encouragement for the troops. >> you've had a tough winter. it will be a tougher spring and summer. you have made a lot of head way. i think you are proven with your afghan partners that this will work and we will be able to prevail. >> reporter: there is a lot of speculation in d.c. that secretary gates is preparing to resign and this could be his last trip as defense secretary to afghanistan. reporting live from washington, d.c. alison burns. >>> in libya government forces again launched air attacks on rebel forces today. the troops loyal are trying to prevent the rebel fighters from advancing to the capitol of tripoli. already the uprising is a lot longer and more violent than the revolts that overthrew the leaders of egypt and tanisha. as the evacuation of foreign workers continues now, one group of evacwees went to ex
in northern africa, the effects are being felt in the u.s. at the gas pump. the white house is considering a dramatic step to relieve rising prices spurred by violence. tracie potts is in washington with the details. >> the uss 727 million -- u.s. has 727 million barrels of oil on the coast. >> a ripoff. filling up my car only last me like a week. >> it is something that all has been done in very rare occasions. >> not a good idea, some say. >> we are putting ourselves in the hands of the most frail, and acquitted regime in the middle east. -- antiquated regime in the middle east. >> what we need to do is find more of our own energy, and that is to explore offshore. >> worldwide demand is up and fight in the middle east has fueled fears of oil prices over $100 a barrel. >> i will start thinking about riding a bike. >> the government last tap into the reserves during hurricane katrina. >> the u.s. as the world's largest oil reserves. no word on when at the white house will make the decision to tap into it. today's technology offers many advantages, but it also comes with downside spirit the
. president obama said today military options are still on the table. there are signs the u.s. might go along with a resolution if there is a consensus. we are seeing how people feel about foreign intervention. >> all over benghazi, there are posters say no foreign intervention is needed to help the people rid themselves of colonel gaddafi. if there clear about that. after several days of attacking protestors strongholds, several towns in the west, the town of ras lanuf, the rebels thought they had captured that themselves, only now are they beginning to change their mind. would you accept foreign help now? >> yes. the no-fly zone would be very welcome. the surgical bombings -- where he has his supporters. some other bases where he has his troops, we do not mind surgical bombing there. we did not mind a no-fly zone over libya because he is using his aircraft to kill people. they have no cover for that. we can match them on the ground, but in the skies, we have no power. we would welcome very much a no flying zone over libya. but no foreign troops on the ground. a no-fly zone would be enough.
interest rates will be lifted before those of the u.s. dollar, before the fed moves to hike rates. we saw the euro brief live above 1.40, it's come back from there, 1.3975. and, so there's a little bit of a selloff, money coming off the table in terms of the euro. let's have a quick look at the japanese yen there. 82 to the dollar. andrew? >>> well, speaking of money coming off the table. charles, a down day across most of asia today. shanghai backed the trend and healthy too, up 1.9% as fears to move to limit inflation receded. now, it is now at a near four-month high. meanwhile in japan, the nikkei was down on the combination of political scandal. more on that later. and the continued high price of oil amid these concerns of further unrest in africa and the middle east. toyota and honda among the exporters down 3% and 2% respectively. in sidney, the s&p down by 1.4%. and on the first day of longer trading hours the hang seng was down .4%. hong kong, today marks the start of a shorter lunch break. instead of two hours, they only get 90 minutes for lunch now and starting 30 minutes earlie
to balance, it is literally, figuratively impossible. jenna: the gop making it clear the u.s. cannot keep wracking up debt and some saying something, if anything, needs to be stkpwhraoupb unfortunately we know republicans control one of one levers of law making, the democrats have the senate, the democrats have the white house, nobody wants to shut down the government, but one thing is nonnegotiable, as our speaker said, we will not that -- will not pass bills that to not create savings for the american people. skpwr*epb jen carl kan iron is live on this story. it seems this different on time it's different. do lawmakers sound more skeptical than before the last time of this temporary fix? >> this time you've gotand republicans alike expressing scep ti similar, this time around they are very, very apart. there have been five extensions that lawmakers have given themselves up to come up with a spending gap this year and the gaps to the two proposals is huge. the republicans have passed a measure in the house that would cut $61 billion from current spending, that is a house-passed legislati
-span2, the heads of u.s. central command and special operations speak to a senate hearing on proposed 2012 defense programs and the situation in the middle east and north africa. >> legal issues facing states involving immigration, intellectual property rights, campaign disclosure and implementation of the health care law. the event begins at noon today. you can see it live on our companion network, c-span. >> president obama's fy-12 budget for the department allows us to continue to meet these evolving threats and challenges by prioritizing our essential operational requirements. >> as cabinet secretaries meet with members of congress over their departments' budget request for next year, watch the hearings online at the c-span video library. search, watch, clip and share. it's washington your way. >> now, a senate hearing with the heads of u.s. central command and special operations. some of the issues they discussed included the requirements to impose a no-fly zone over libya, why iran remains the greatest long-term threat in the middle east, the egyptian military, and the state of
, are surging toward $4 per gallon. in response, u.s. officials are considering tapping into oil reserves. >> the issue of the reserves is one we are considering. it has been done in very rare occasions. >> most of us have been unable to ignore the surge in gas prices. the current national average for a gallon of gas is $3.50 per gallon. that is up 33 cents in just the past month. it is up 75 cents from a year ago. we heard william daley talk about the strategic oil reserve. can this be a substitute to? >> there are 327 million barrels, approximately that is good for what they say will be a couple of months of energy consumption for the united states. but i do not know if this will actually be a move they will make. it is a very rare thing that they do. it happens when different gulfcoast states are hit by hurricanes or when we were involved in kuwait in 1991 and 1992. the administration would be making a huge statement if they move to do it appeared >> it is a last resort for us. but the gas prices continued to rise and the obama administration is looking for other ways to respond. what
international trade, but now some pirates put in their place by u.s. commandos. >>> plus, this guy took less than a minute to steal the loot. >> that's not very smart, but it's original. haven't seen that one yet. >> maybe we've seen too much. now the hunt for the droopy drawers bandit. >>> intense fight noting in lib. heavy gun fire, a common sound there. the uprising becoming the bloodiest in the way of unrest. front line of the fighting, smoke rising there, a possible signal of a new phase in the battle as forces loyal to libyan leader moammar gadhafi use air power to bomb rebel fighters. fierce ground battles still raging between the two, the rebels working to cut a path toward the capital city of tripoli. and this is what they're facing when they get there. those are pro-gadhafi crowds. gather not guilty tripoli's square earlier, loyalists ready to defend their leader, they say, no matter what the cost. here is one of them. >> there is nobody in this state or in this city against gadhafi. >> steve harrigan is streaming live in tripoli. steve, our question, is leader gadhafi still contro
gates on a visit to afghanistan where he declared the u.s. military will have a presence beyond the loose 205 deadline. >>> the wedding photo gone terribly, terribly, terribly wrong. >> oh, no way. we'll have the story and play the video on the loop. first, let's get to the news at 30 rock in new york city. there are new fears that libya is headed toward a full blown civil war. troops loyal to moammar gadhafi have launched an offensive as they look tory gain towns currently held by the opposition. over the weekend, rebels lost ground in their march toward tripoli after being driven back from a key battleground city. meanwhile, a french television network reports gadhafi is claiming the african union is sending a fact finding committee to libya that will show reports are a lie. ban ki-moon says gadhafi's foreign minister is allowing an assessment team to tripoli. the international community is struggling whether to impose a no-fly zone to prevent gadhafi from bombing his own people. yesterday senator joon kerry argued in favor of it. >> the last thing we want to think about is an
washing the beach with her hair at the u.s./mexican border. the painting encourages the viewer to engage with the current debates over immigration and the politics of women and labor. influenced by the campaigns of the chicano civil rights movement, this oakland artist is a print maker whose work has helped and sustainability with the immigrant community as well as other current sociopolitical issues. this print-based work draws on appropriated agricultural worker manuals and high fashion labels to satirically address class issues, cultural identities, and consumerism. >> angelica -- her father was an agricultural worker, so she has drawn a lot from the materials the agricultural department sends to agricultural workers, referencing the depiction of farm workers and some of the information about pesticide application. >> mitzi combines a variety of media, including embroidery, to create artifacts of mexican, chicano, pop culture. she greets immensely detailed drawings of celebrities on the same platform of her friends and families. her work combines elements of chicano portraiture and l
. it 20-year-old u.s. marine corps lance corporal matthew snyder died in iraq, non-combat related. and 2006 as friends and family were bearing the marine members of the westboro baptist church of topeka kansas showed up to inform the world that his dad was god's punishment for this nation's tolerance of homosexuality. it held up signs that said, thank god for dead soldiers, and god hates the u.s.a. and thank god for 9/11. the core cause father sued members of the church, for among other things, at inflicting emotional distress. the jury awarded him $11 million and reduced, but the appeals court threw out the verdict and this week the supreme court ruled 8-1 that as hateful as the speech was, it is nevertheless predicted by the first amendment. as "the wall street journal" put it the other day, even jerks are protected by the first amendment. do you agree? >> the court agreed. remember the word and that the? -- empathy. you have candidate for mr. snyder but the course job is not necessarily to have empathy, but to say what the rules are that govern the country. essentially what the
the funerals of fallen soldiers. soldiers.last weee the u-s supreme court upheld their right to protest... ruling against the father of a maryland marine, who challenged them in court. church members call the ruling "god's will"... and today on fox news sunday... offered this shocking opinion.... about the president of the united states. "so, the justices are going to hell? the ppesidentt is going to hell?"phelps sayss "absolutely on the president. that's a big 10-4. i already answered on the justices. the president is going to be king of the world before this is all said and done, and he is most likely the beast spoken of in the revelation." revelation." phelps also said the u-s military is worse than al quada-- for slaughtering innocents-- while they defend a sinful nation. very few things to like about the weatherrtoday... today...the skies were gray all day......and opened up for rain all afternoon...at tte intersection of falls road and cold spring lane in north baltimore...drivers stayed in their cars as much as they could...windshield wipers clearing the way.when will the skie
u.s. attorney needs to get involved. on sunday, sulaimon brown, at the center of this political scandal, stepped up his attacks on vincent gray, saying the public should know gray is a crook. >> they need to know that mayor vincent gray is an organized criminal. he's a -- if he was -- if it was in the case of a mob, it would be racketeering. >> reporter: brown, a minor candidate for mayor last year, alleged in the "washington post" story sunday that campaign aides gave him cash to attack then mayor adrian fenty. >> reporter: sulaimon brown is calling you an organized crime figure. >> is he? >> reporter: yes, he said you were -- as an organized criminal. >> i see. >> reporter: mayor gray, who denies any wrongdoing, declined on monday to respond to brown's latest accusation. but gray on sunday called for an investigation by the city attorney general and the d.c. council. the council has since sent the matter to the independent inspector general, charles will bee. >> we indicated yesterday we were fine with wherever it was referred. we suggested the inspector general. >> reporter:
back. defense secretary robert gates is in afghanistan. he's determining the pace of u.s. troop with drawls and he's also making headlines this morning. alison burns has bonn monitoring a satellite feed of gate's visit with the troops. she is back with details. >> reporter: dave, the big news came when secretary gates was taking questions. he shook hands with each of the troops that came out to see him. one of them asked about long- term deployments. he said the u.s. should stay involved in afghanistan after the plan 2014 end of combat operations. >>> obviously it would be a small fraction of the presence we have today. but i think we are willing to do that. my sense is they are interested in having us do that. we will be going through this negotiation over the next several months. >> reporter: gates is also meeting with afghan president on the trip. we will stay on top of it with you. and have the latest of secretary gate's message to the troops. >>> bay area gas prices continue to be among the highest in the country. this morning drivers are getting a little bit of a break. tr
their money. and a u.s. official says four more u.s. flights took egyptians to cairo on sunday after they fled from libya into tunisia. and tunisia has been struggling to cope with the number of refugees streaming over their border. there have been days where as many as 15,000 came in. well, that's now down to around 3,000. and cnn's ivan watson is on that libyan frontier of tunisia and sent us this report. >> reporter: the people keep streaming across the border into tunisia. more than 100,000 people have fled in the last two weeks and more keep coming. they are met by tunisian volunteers who hand out food and water. and this is important because these refugees are hungry and thirsty and frightened. many of them tell us that they haven't had any access to food and water for days and they've been charged exorbitant prices for transport to try to flee the fighting in libya. >> i'm so very hungry. >> reporter: why? >> i never eat anything. >> reporter: no for food for four days? >> no food. >> people are afraid to come out. >> reporter: yeah. >> they are afraid because of the libyans. >> reporte
in support of the country's president. violence is an ongoing threat, and the u.s. state department says americans should avoid traveling there. there are reports today that al qaeda militants killed four yemenese soldiers. hamad karzai says civilian casualties are no longer tolerable when it comes to the u.s.-led war in his country. karzai met with general david petraeus after a nato air strike accidentally killed nine afghan boys last week. petraeus is a commander of u.s. and nato forces in afghanistan. he made a public apology on wednesday, and then repeated it again today. mr. karzai said apologies are not enough. >>> congressional hearings will take place on thursday on the issue of home-grown terrorism. in particular, the radicalization of muslim americans. and today, a coalition of more than 100 interfaith and nonprofit groups gathered in times square in new york to voice their concerns. meanwhile, a counter rally took place nearby. house homeland security chairman peter king is holding the hearings e. he says radicalization within a small minority is a threat to america that need
will visit with u.s. troops where the taliban insurgency is strongest. he'll also meet with the president of behalf afghanistan. this is his 13th trip to the region. u.s. troops are said to begin withdrawing in july. >>> 4:34 now. the crisis in libya is intensifying with battles over territory. opposition forces are trying to take control over cities surrounding the capital of tripoli. forces loyal to muammar gadhafi are fighting back with heavy round of artillery, air strikes and gunfire. mean mile, tens of thousands of people are escaping the violence and setting up a ref you gee camp in tunisia. >>> and this unrest in libya is fueling gas prices. look at the latest number from aaa. the national average is $3.50. d.c. drivers are paying $3.59 a gallon. maryland drivers are paying $3.47 a gallon. michelle almaguer is here with more. >> reporter: from new york to california, sticker shock. >> it is a ripoff. $4 a gallon, i spent $65 to fill up my car. that only lasts me a week. >> reporter: 4 a gallon is a bargain in some california cities. >> it is frustrating. it is only going to go up
is saying about a scheduled house committee hearing into islamic radicalism in the u.s. >>> plus, gas prices climbing at a near-record pace. what you can do to find the best deals in your neighborhood. >>> and president obama is meeting right now with the prime minister of australia. what the prime minister is promising the u.s. this morning at the >>> right now, secretary of defense robert gates is meeting with the afghan president in kabul. he made a surprise visit to afghanistan overnight. the next two days, he will visit with u.s. troops in the south and east, where the taliban insurgency is the strongest. u.s. troops are set to begin withdrawal in july. this is the 13th trip to the country for gates. he was last there in december. >>> in a television interview, libyan leader moammar gadhafi accused al qaeda of causing the crisis in his country. gadhafi gave an exclusive interview to a french television station. the embattled leader denounced international groups from interfering in his country's affairs. meanwhile, libyan rebels say they need to regroup after an intense attack by forces
the u.s. and afghan governments agree that the u.s. military should remain in the country after the planned 2014 end of combat operations to help train and advise afghan forces. >>> hold on, not so fast. a wisconsin state senator is denying a report that democrats are ready to come out of exile and end their nearly three-week union rights standoff with republican governor scott walker. "washington post" reporter ezra klein has been closely following the story. we were reading this headline this morning for "the wall street journal," democrats to end union standoff. but on the flip side, senator larson from that same state saying no, that's not true. what are you hearing and how might they gracefully, shall we say, come to a compromise? >> yeah, i think we can say opinions differ on the standoff right now. i think you're seeing the beginnings of an end game here. the democrats are admitting they can't do this forever. they want something report. they have dramatically weakened walker and there's a recall effort against a number of state senators. walker is down to 40% in the poll
of tapping into the u.s.'s strategic oil reserve. we'll explain in a minute. first, i want to show you what drivers are seeing as they pull up to the pump. you can see the cost of a gallon of regular gas is $3.93 a gal be. that's about -- gallon. that's about average according to aaaa. if you want plus or premium, you will pay well over $4 a gallon. nationwide the average cost of a gal -- gallon of gas is 3.51. that's cheaper than what we are paying here in california. but that price is 3 cents higher than the average two weeks ago. the spike is the second biggest increase in history. it's caught the attention of the white house. they are talking about tapping into the strategic reserve. >> the average american out there is feeling it. the president is very concerned. we're trying to look at all of the possible options going forward. >> reporter: now, if the president does decide to tap into the oil reserves, it would still take about two weeks for that gas to hit the u.s. market. still, some drivers we talked to said they like the idea. >> if we do need it, it's a good idea. >> reporter: g
. >>> a mystery in spain. a college student from the u.s. has been missing for more than a week now. his family desperate for answers. >>> a volcano in hawaii blows lava 65 feet in the air after the crater floor drops out. >>> new fighting rages in libya. control of the country hangs in the balance. more on that, but first, the reverberations to your corner gas station. you probably know gas prices are up. you may be surprised by how much. three weeks ago we were paying $3.18 a gallon, today the national average is $3.51 a gallon. the second biggest price jump ever. higher prices are on the way. christine romans is part of the cnn money team. good morning to you. >> good morning, randi. >> this is not just the uncertainty in libya, but the uncertainty in the entire region? >> that is right. an a global economy that is recovering. the world's factories have been revving up and people are consuming more oil. the demand wasn't up in the u.s. it was up elsewhere. when you look at gas prices in the u.s., two week, really an epic jump, 34 cents, where you live depends on what you are paying. californ
people in. the u.s. attorney can. >> reporter: the u.s. attorney's office issued the following statement saying it takes any allegations of public corruption very seriously. it says the office typically does not confirm or deny the existance of investigations and says that this time the office has no comments on the allegations in this matter. brown says had he kept the envelopes that were slipped to him with money. he thinks the dna may come in handy during an investigation. he's well aware that he might be found guilty of breaking laws for accepting the cash. >> thanks. >>> president obama headed to high school today along with the ah trail australian prime minister. students asked and answered questions about australia during the visit. president obama also visited the school a year and a half ago. it was another school a little earlier. starting their day at their daughter sasha's school. they attended a conference. they spent about a half an hour at the school. >>> the president is warning the libyan leader that the u.s. is considering military action. today he ordered air strikes a
so. what have we learned about u.s. dealings with libya before the push to get qaddafi out of the, started? >>reporter: the u.s. government had a deal to sell some 50 armored personnel carriers for some $77 million to qaddafi's regime. congress got anxious about that, held up the deal for a period of time and then with everything blowing up last week, the state department pulled the deal and all other defense contracts, limited defense contracts with qaddafi's regime. >>shepard: thank you from the white house, mike. if you wonder why impasse -- gas pres are so much higher than the average, that is largely because of taxes. this shows taxes state by tax, the tax federal tax of 18.4 cents and the states can tack up to 20 cents a gallon. and also county and city government adds taxes and transportation costs are a big factor. moments ago, we got word that the foreign ministers from the gulf arab states are calling for the no-fly zone in libya after qaddafi unleashed airstrikes on rebel forces in theke oil port. and loyalists pounded opposition fighters with gunfire and rockets aged t
difficult. >> $3.51. the white house says president obama may open the u.s. strategic reserve to force those prices down. >>> and the supreme court refused again today to step into the legal fight over president obama's birthplace. justices won't rehear a petition that would have forced the president to prove he was born in the united states. the white house and the state of hawaii released birth documents long ago. but so-called birthers don't accept them as proof that he was born in the u.s. >>> a serial rape suspect made a brief court appearance in new haven, connecticut, today. they link aaron thomas to 17 rapes in maryland, virginia, rhode island and connecticut dating back to 1997. billboards featuring sketches of the suspect prompted an anonymous tip which led police to thomas. and shuttle "discovery" left the international space station for the last time this morning. astronauts delivered a new storage room and supplies. for today's wake-up call william shatner gave them a little "star trek." >> these have been the voijs of the space shuttle "discovery." the 30-year mission to build
about this for a moment, a u.s. von volcano blowing its top, shooting lava up for 80 feet in the air. the eruptions, coming up. bill: the story that won't go away, right? the republicans say the decifit, $14 trillion growing is ratcheted up by three things and they say president obama does not seem to be serious about tackling any of them. we'll debate that fair and balanced. martha: take a look at the outrage on the streets of new york over a capitol hill that's not gotten underway yet but will in just days. listen to this: >> i have no choice, i'm going ahead with the hearings and they can yell in times square and get all the celebrities out they want to talk, i'm not going to stop, i'm not going to give into political correctness, i'm going ahead. martha: a deadly crash in eastern pennsylvania killing one person and injuring several others, the buses were returning from the new york city area when it apparently slammed into one of two disabled cars on an interstate highway late last night during a terrible ice storm in that area. the impact drove the disabled car into a 41-year-ol
shortage here in the u.s. as well as, is it going to have a lasting economic harm to various vectors of the economy. those would be the main two reasons. >> and what, when you factor in right now we're in the spring season, close to spring, where people will perhaps take holiday breaks for spring break with their children and then soon summer will be upon us, and eknow the rule at summer, gas prices go up with the change of the weather. >> well, the gas prices go up from the winter to the summer because we have to change the formulation. >> the blend. >> and it's more expensive in the summertime. the good news is, is that gasoline stocks are adequate, and if we look at the whole world supply and demand, crude oil demand goes down during the second quarter. so there will be a little bit of a respite from the tenseness of the overall supply/demand situation. >> i'm the type of person, i've tried to look at best-case scenario but in this case you want to look at worst-case scenario. is it possible we will see gas prices beyond an average of $4 a gallon on average in this country by the
: the u.s. stored supply of oil called the strategic petroleum reserve contains 72-- 727 million barrels, enough to keep nation powered for a couple of months. those who want oil released from the reserves now say it would calm spiking gas prices so an economic recovery isn't threatened. after hurricane katrina, 30 million barrelses were released. oil prices dropped 3.7%. during the first gulf war, 34 million barrels were released and in one day prices dropped 33.4%. but some economists say the oil reserves should be saved for a true emergency and this isn't it. >> i think it's premature to open up the strategic petroleum reserve. i don't think it's going it to make a big difference with respect to prices. and i think at this point we can digest these prices. >> reporter: maybe so, but it doesn't go down easy. >> as a students's kind of tough to be able to pay the bills and pay these kind of gas prices. >> reporter: right now the average price of gas is still 61 cents below the record set in july 2008 of $4.11 a gallon. russ. >> mitchell: at least some good news there. sheryl attkisson i
report that the u.s. is urging saudi arabia to arm the anti-government fighters, the folks you're seeing in the pictures here, but we're also hearing a senior u.s. official says that claim is not true. let's get you to what jay carney said just this afternoon. >> you have to be very cognizant of when you pursue these options what it is you're trying to accomplish. and i think it would be premature to send a bunch of weapons to a post office box in eastern libya. we need to not get ahead of ourselves in terms of the options we're pursuing. and, again, i would refer you to the fact that we are reviewing and implementing actions with great haste. >>> meantime, we are also getting word that nato has begun round-the-clock surveillance flights much l s of libya as th considering options of dealing with the violence day-to-day on the ground. these are images on the streets of misrata in central libya. because this video is from social media web sites we cannot confirm its authenticity, but here's what i can tell you. moammar gadhafi's forces are carrying out aerial and ground assaults in the ci
that more people had died in the villa, at what point does the u.s. say that now we are going to do something? how many people have to die? how many threats to their need to be to our energy needs? >> jake, i would simply say -- and remind you -- when you say that this has been a couple of weeks already, that is a remarkably short period of time from the time when colonel gaddafi was perceived to be, and was, in control of his country to the point where the international community is imposing substantial and punishing sanctions on him and his regime. the international community, speaking with one voice, calling for him to step down and cease the violence against his own people. we are talking about a matter of days and weeks that this has transpired within. i am aware of the ongoing violence. as the president just did with australia, we are again calling on the libyan regime to stoppin the in humane, brutal, unacceptable assaults on its own people. and for colonel gaddafi to step aside, as he has lost legitimacy in the eyes of his people and the world. >> i was not -- i was talking
the british secretary yesterday that the no-fly zone -- the possibility is still on the table. the u.s. seems keen. yet, we have heard not such teen comments from turkey and france. it does appear there is conflict within nato. >> i would remind you that nato is an alliance of free and open democracy. it is quite natural we do have a discussion -- freely and openly, about all options. i will not go into details about our planning, but we stand united in our requests to the military to conduct prudent planning for all eventualities. >> i appreciate your reluctance to go into detail, but tell me, how effectively and how quickly could a no-fly zone be implemented by nato? >> a no-fly zone is indeed a very comprehensive undertaking that would demand a lot of military assets. so, it is a complicated task, and this is also the reason why we have asked our military to conduct prudent planning for all eventualities. but let me stress once again, nato has no intention to intervene. and i would assume that any operational role would be pursuant to u.n. mandate. >> nato trains police and army forces in
there are no shortages, just worries. the white house says it's considering of tapping into the 727 million barrels of u.s. strategic oil reserves. >> it's something done on rare occasions. >> the strategic oil reserve is there for emergencies. this is not an emergency. >> reporter: one oil analyst says there's political pressure. for the president to lower prices. >> he can say, i can do something, and you are better off. what elected official would not want to do that. >> reporter: in the meantime, the squeeze is on. >> it's hard to ask our customers for increases right now. so we really have to suck it up and that really hurts. >> reporter: leaving drivers and gas tanks with an increasingly empty feeling. some analysts say when gas gets above $4 a gallon demands prices drop. but in many parts of the country, $4 a gallon gas is now a reality. rob and peggy. >> emily, thanks a lot. >>> that unrest in the middle east shows no signs of slowing. in libya, rebel forces say they're going to regroup and bring in heavy weapons. this after a punishing weekend of air strikes by forces loyal to leader moammar gadh
into the 27 million barrels of u.s. oil reserves. >> it's something done on rare occasions. >> this is not an emergency. >> reporter: one oil analyst says there's political pressure. >> he can say, i can do something, and you're better off. what elected official would not want to do that. >> reporter: in the meantime, the squeeze is on. >> it's hard to ask our customers for increases right now. we really have to suck it. you and that hurts. >> reporter: leaving drives and gas tanks with an increasingly empty feeling. some analysts say when gas gets above $4 a gallon demands prices drop. but in many parts of the country, $4 a gallon gas is now a reality. >> thanks a lot. >>> that unrest in the middle east shows no signs of slowing. in libya, forces say they're going to bring in heavy weapons. rebels pushed to toward the capital tripoli sunday. gadhafi forces pounded the opposition with artillery rockets and gunfire. >>> well, there's a showdown looming between a powerful u.s. law make are and some members of the american muslim community. representative peter king is holding
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